7 Questions with New Denman Tutor Janine Kilroe…

7 Questions with New Denman Tutor Janine Kilroe…

Janine Kilroe has created images for the last 30 years, initially as an Editorial Advertising Photographer commissioned by many international blue-chip companies. For the past 9 years, she has focused on creating a truly unique one-off style of hand painted fine art photography.  Janine’s craft conveys a captured unique moment in time. Her work is available in galleries throughout the UK. In 2019, she embarks a new challenge… Teaching at Denman!

You can find out about her courses by clicking on the titles below:

Dry Point Prints
Hand Painting Photographs
Lino Cut Techniques
Photography: The Dreaming Spires of Oxford

We sat down with Janine and asked her some of our most burning questions…

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I am a fine art photographer, videographer and teacher with over 30 years experience. Also a mother, wife… My first job was as a Civil Servant but I hated it, I then moved into professional editorial advertising photographer which was far more exciting! I became a tennis coach and loved it, went motorbike riding through Europe and lived to tell the tale, became a WI speaker which was such fun, alongside this I have always taught photography from adult education to university photography degrees all the way to teaching in the prisons! Now, that’s another story…….

How did you come about teaching in the arts?

I have always been a visual hands-on learner as I loved the technical aspects along with the creative mix that photography offers. Photography is my career and passion. With my teaching I’ve always enjoyed putting something back, seeing my learners develop and grow and develop their own photographic style it is priceless and very rewarding.

Can you tell us a bit more about what you’re bringing to Denman and what makes it so special?

Bringing old school hand tinting photography techniques up to the modern age using archival materials. Especially being able to use art materials onto a photograph that I’ve printed onto beautiful watercolour paper. The end artwork is very special and in fact totally unique.  I am to my knowledge the only artist using this technique in the UK. It’s a wonderful combination of art skills accumulating into a unique artwork.

Do you have a favourite artist or artists?

Julia Margaret Cameron, Ansel Adams, Bill Brandt, Martin Parr, Turner, Pre Raphelites…

Do you have a favourite location to take photos?

I love landscape locations as well as classic and modern architecture. I feel the happiest in the countryside and particularly the coast – I do love my piers, especially along the East Sussex coastline, Brighton, Cuckmere Valley, and Eastbourne.

What can students take away from your courses here at Denman?

My enthusiasm, experience, as well as plenty of fun and laughter.  At the end of the day all the students will have a better understanding of hand painting photograph techniques and various mediums available. Blending colours is the best application method for this subject.  There will be an opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of art and water brushes. As well as the time and space to try out different painting techniques using a selection of watercolour pencils; wet, dry, dry then wet, and discover how to create a watercolour wash. All together they will be learning a lot of new knowledge and confidence that they can take home and use on their own photographs.

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